Bee Movie (2007)
No one can quite argue that Jerry Seinfeld's film-writing opus, Bee Movie, is technically bad. As a DreamWorks production, clearly, it's an animation leap from the pockmarked uncanny valley of the Shrek days. The voice acting of Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Chris Rock, and Jerry himself, among others, is perfectly competent. The premise -- the very fiber of the movie -- is where things start to fall apart, because Jesus Christ: Who is this movie for? A bee society sues humanity for exploitation and wage theft, the legal victory showers the bees with shitloads of money, which turns the hive into a utopian nightmare. Meanwhile, main bee Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), disillusioned by his sole career opportunity as an industry honey man and the hive's slouch towards lethargy, sends him into the real world for life's answers and ends up falling in love with real, live woman Vanessa Bloome (Zellweger), which makes her boyfriend incredibly pissed, presumably because she's somehow cheating on him -- like, sexually -- with a bee. Between the human/bee fucking (how??????) and the litigation storyline, this hardly feels like a movie for children, and more like entertainment for very stoned and irony-poisoned adults. Obviously, that's why we love it.